The U.S. Department of Education has released new non-regulatory guidance offering a comprehensive look at how the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) can support our youngest learners and help ensure young children from birth through third-grade get the strong start they need to achieve success in school and in life.
The new guidance (which addresses many of the recommendations we offered in our comments and this joint letter) highlights specific examples from states and communities across the country on how to:
expand access to high-quality early learning opportunities;
encourage alignment and collaboration of early learning programs from birth through third grade;
and support educators and leaders.
Learn more about the guidance via a webinar on Monday, October 31 from 3-4pm ET from our friends at CEELO and NAECS/SDE - and stay tuned for more on how you can help turn opportunities into realities in your states and districts.*
*Coming to NAEYC’s Annual Conference next week? Join a panel of experts for a session on Moving from "May" to "Must": Helping Early Childhood Educators and Advocates Engage in State Implementation of ESSA and CCDBG Session on Saturday, November 5 from 9:45 - 11:15 a.m. PT
...To Engage with Higher Education
The U.S. Department of Education has also released the long-anticipated final regulations regarding teacher preparation programs. While the effects of the regulations go far beyond early childhood education, they have significant implications for how teachers working with our nation’s youngest students will be prepared and supported.
You can learn about some of the concerns expressed by many organizations, and shared by NAEYC, in this joint statement, and you can learn more about the regulations themselves here.
As champions of early childhood professionals, whether you’re a faculty member or an educator, we encourage you to review the regulations and be in touch with the leadership of your state’s education divisions and institutions to consider what these regulations will mean for you and your programs. We also encourage you to engage at the state level in the development of the ratings systems required by the regulations. It will be very important for states to understand the particular nature of preparing early childhood educators and the implications of the regulations as they relate to early childhood teacher preparation programs. Learn more about NAEYC’s work on higher education accreditation (with a brand-new website!) - and stay tuned for more about how to raise your voice in your state!
...To Vote Early Ed for President!
With Election Day right around the corner, it is time for a final push to get out the vote!
Did you miss yesterday’s Early Ed for President webinar? Check out the recorded version to learn more about Early Ed for President’s messages, efforts, and activities—and how your continued support can help make a difference! (Plus, check out the newest blog, photos and voter survey!)
Plus join our session: Early Ed for President / Early Ed for America: Successes and Plans for Building Our Collective Capacity for Electoral Advocacy!
...To Talk Equity, Bias and the Achievement Gap
Our Annual Conference is just a week away and Early Ed for President is front and center! There are so many great research, policy and advocacy sessions, but as you start organizing your itineraries and planning your days, make sure you make time for these exciting Research Symposium Sessions:
Implicit Bias - Holding up the Mirror (Thursday, November 3 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. PT) Presenters: Walter Gilliam, Yale University and Carol Brunson Day, NAEYC Past President, Governing Board
Tackling the Achievement Gap’s Persistency: A Role for Everyone in the ECE Community (Thursday, November 3 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. PT)Presenters: Marquita Davis, Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity; Pedro Noguera, UCLA Center for the Study of School Transformation; Aisha Ray, Erikson Institute; David Johns, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans; Ray Hart, Council of Great City Schools
Connecting Science and Systems: Supporting young dual language learners so they can reap the benefits of bilingualism (Friday, November 4 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. PT) Presenters: Marlene Zepeda, California State University; Miriam Calderon, Bainum Family Foundation; Naja Ferjan Ramirez, iLabs at University of Washington
...To Be the Best Advocate You Can Be.
Save the Date for the 2017 Public Policy Forum, happening in Washington DC from Sunday, February 26 - Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
And if you haven’t seen it, check out the new advocacy video featuring NAEYC’s CEO, Rhian Evans Allvin, talking about how you can raise your voice to support the early childhood profession and advocate for early learning.